Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case: Kudos to Church Officials Defending Liberty

by (@JeffreyHWalton) March 25, 2014

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case against Obamacare’s HHS mandate compelling religious employers to subsidize insurance for contraceptives and abortifacients. The owners of Hobby Lobby are Evangelical and object to abortifacients.

The Little Sisters of the Poor, the Bogeyman & His Evangelical Henchmen

by (@ChelsenVicari) November 13, 2013

It is embarrassing that of all the countries that Little Sisters of the Poor operates, it is the United States of America that is demanding either obedience or expulsion.

Millions are Suffering and Sojourners Doesn’t Care

by (@lukemoon1) November 8, 2013

Edie Sundby has cancer. She has the kind of cancer where the five year survival rate is only 2%.  She’s among those 2%.  Her health insurance company has spent over a million dollars to keep her alive.  She likes her insurance company. Too bad. Here’s how Edie described her situation in an op-ed she wrote […]

Church officials marched against Republicans ‘taking the nation hostage’

by (@TheIRD) October 27, 2013

As the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis neared its conclusion last week, the chief Presbyterian Church (USA) lobbyist joined a left-leaning religious coalition in blaming Republicans.

The Religious Left’s One-Sided Shutdown Anger

by (@HashtagGriswold) October 8, 2013

If ever there was a fight in Washington that could fairly be described as a purely political, it would have to be the recent failure of Congress to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-controlled Senate each passed their own versions of the bill, refusing to compromise even as the government shut down. At the heart of the debate was a provision to defund Obamacare that was present in the House bill, but absent from the Senate bill.

Yes, Christians Can Oppose Obamacare

by (@HashtagGriswold) August 20, 2013

Are you a Christian? Do you oppose Obamacare? Well, according to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, those two are mutually exclusive. Schultz claimed on the “The Ed Show” this Saturday that only “phony Christians” oppose the Affordable Care Act. “They’re phony Christians.” Schultz claimed, “Phony Christians when they say that they are Christian but then they want to take away from their next door neighbor. They don’t want to be their brother’s keeper.” Obamacare, Schultz believes, was “the most moral thing this country has ever done… If ObamaCare is repealed, Americans will die. Children of God will die.”

IRD Press Release: Oldline Churches Seek Protection from Obamacare Legislation their Agencies Advocated For

by (@JohnLomperis) August 7, 2013

Washington, DC—Pension boards of some oldline Protestant denominations are now seeking protection from the very health care law their own denominational lobby offices worked to pass. The move comes following revelations that some church employees may lose health care coverage due to provisions in Obamacare passed amidst “confusion and political drama.”

UMC’s Obamacare Support Comes Back to Bite Them

by (@HashtagGriswold) August 6, 2013

In March of 2010, a deal was struck with House Democrats that allowed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as many have taken to calling it, to pass. In the moments before its passage, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor to thank supporters of the push for health care reform. As the IRD noted at the time, Pelosi specifically thanked the United Methodist Church (UMC): “Our coalition ranges from the AARP…to the American Medical Association, the Catholic Health Association… the United Methodist Church, and Voices of America’s Children.”

Catholics Back Gang of Eight Bill, Obamacare to Illegal Immigrants

by (@TheIRD) June 14, 2013

(Photo credit: ABC News Online) By Marjorie Jeffrey (@MarjorieJeffrey) The Catholic Health Association (CHA) is lobbying individual U.S. senators to pass S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Though immigration reform does not appear on their 2013-2014 Advocacy Agenda, the CHA is a staunch advocate of amnesty for illegal immigrants, and […]

Inaugural Prayer Controversies

by (@TheIRD) January 22, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) American civil religion is always exemplified in presidential inaugurals. Typically the selection of clergy for inaugural prayers has not been controversial. But amid culture war of recent years and secularization of America’s elites, plus the implosion of once predominant Mainline Protestantism in favor of evangelicals, inaugurations have more recently showcased the […]